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Real-time Maine coronavirus, COVID-19 updates: 39 dead, 907 confirmed cases

Find developments on the Maine coronavirus, COVID-19 outbreak as we work together to separate facts from fear. Wednesday April 22, 2020

MAINE, USA — KEY MAINE CORONAVIRUS FACTS

LATEST CORONAVIRUS UPDATES

WEDNESDAY APRIL 22

2 p.m. Maine CDC Press Briefing

The Maine CDC announced three additional deaths of people who tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the state death toll to 39.

The deaths announced Wednesday were a woman in her 70s from Cumberland County, a man in his 80s from Waldo County, and a woman in her 70s from Waldo County.

There are now 907 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Maine and 455 recoveries. 

222 of the 907 cases are health care workers.

144 people in Maine have been hospitalized at some point during their COVID-19 illness.

There have been 16,784 negative tests in Maine.

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Dr. Nirav Shah, Director of the Maine CDC, said he is now aware of two positive cases at the Edgewood Rehabilitation and Living Center in Farmington.

Dr. Shah said Maine CDC is aware of 190 people associated with assisted living facilities and long-term care facilities in Maine who have tested positive.

Dr. Shah said although it is not a long term care facility or assisted living facility, Maine CDC is also aware of three cases at the John Murphy Homes in Auburn.

18 people in Maine are reported to be in intensive care units due to COVID-19. 24 people are hospitalized but are not in intensive care. 10 people in Maine are on ventilators due to COVID-19.

Just under 600,000 pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) have been distributed across the state. Dr. Shah said that's the equivalent of six tractor trailers full of PPE.

Dr. Shah said Maine CDC is continuing its own procurement of PPE. He said Maine CDC is not currently stockpiling PPE due to concerns of a second wave of the virus. He said when the virus shows it's waning, Maine CDC will have discussions about building up a supply for the future.

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Coronavirus, COVID-19 Background 

The official name for the coronavirus is “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes is named “coronavirus disease 2019” or “COVID-19” for short. Coronavirus is a family of viruses, which can infect people and animals. The viruses can cause the common cold or more serious diseases like SARS, MERS, and COVID-19.

The CDC says symptoms of the coronavirus include fever, cough, difficulty breathing, and in some cases sore throat.

The CDC says there are simple steps to take to reduce the possible spread of COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Stay home while you're sick and avoid close contact with others

The Maine Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced on Tuesday, March 10 that they would be holding daily coronavirus briefings with director Dr. Nirav Shah to keep the public up to date on the situation in Maine. 

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